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People - Hugh French, Collector

In 1979-80 Hugh French received a National Endowment for the Humanities “Youth Grant” to curate an exhibit on the history of the Eastport, Maine, waterfront, 1890-1920. Sandy Ives acted as academic sponsor for this project. French subsequently worked with SALT, a documentary program in Portland, Maine (, and founded the Tides Institute in Eastport, Maine ( This collection includes twenty-eight interviews with thirteen Eastport residents, plus manuscript material collected as part of French’s research. In addition to the general history of Eastport, major topics discussed include the sardine industry and community holiday celebrations. More details on this collection are available here.

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